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Woman allegedly under influence of cocaine, alcohol when she slammed into the back of another car killing the driver

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Source: Browward County Jail; MEGA

Jan. 7 2022, Published 12:27 p.m. ET

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A Florida woman was arrested almost two months after she killed another driver while allegedly operating a vehicle with cocaine in her system and a blood-alcohol level almost least twice the legal limit to drive, authorities said.

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Emily Bell, 33, faces charges that include DUI manslaughter, DUI with damage to property or a person, reckless driving, vehicular homicide and driving at an unlawful speed, WPLG reported.

On Nov. 18 about 11:30 p.m., Bell was allegedly driving at least 30 mph over the speed limit in Sunrise, Florida, when she crashed her Lexus SUV into the back of a Nissan Altima, police said in an arrest report.

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Emergency responders pronounced the Altima’s driver, Roosevelt Joseph, dead at the scene. A passenger in Bell’s vehicle reportedly suffered serious head and facial injuries, and both Bell and her passenger were transported to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.

According to the arrest report, officers noted Bell allegedly swayed and stumbled, her breath smelled of alcohol, and her eyes were red and watery. Bell allegedly said she drank “a couple tequilas” at CJ Blacks Restaurant and Bar in Davie.

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In the ambulance, the arrest report states, Bell became uncooperative and asked to go to the bathroom multiple times before allegedly telling an accompanying officer, “But I don’t actually need a bathroom. I could piss anywhere I’d like.”

Bell also allegedly told the officer she would urinate on him “for the fun of it,” according to the arrest report.

At the hospital, the report states, Bell “continued to delay her own treatment and would not cooperate with medical staff.”

Officers obtained a warrant, and a blood test allegedly showed Bell had cocaine in her system and a blood-alcohol level of .15 percent — almost twice Florida’s legal limit to drive.

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